Alternative Break Participant Application
An alternative break is service-learning experience in which students travel to engage in direct-service. These trips are generally a week-long, and occur during spring or summer break. Each trip has a focus on a particular social issue and how it impacts the community. Through exploration and immersion into the social issue long before the trip starts, students are able to interrogate the root causes of social issues in a way that allows them to engage compassionately and think critically. Upon their return, students are encouraged to engage in their own communities through informed, meaningful action.
We offer five focused on social justice issues as diverse as ecosystem restoration to indigenous rights, homelessness and housing insecurity, public health, education, and more.
As a founding member of Break Away, we infuse our program with the 8 Components of a Quality Alternative Break experience: Strong Direct Service, Education, Orientation, Training, Reflection, Diversity & Social Justice, Full Engagement, and Re-Orientation. Break Away’s continuum of individual development from Volunteer to Active Citizen informs our approach to trip preparation and design, as well as the critical service approach to our work.
Trip costs are subject to change based on community partner needs, flight costs, and fundraising, but will be very close to the following estimates.
- Guatemala: $575 (plus airfare)
- Jamaica: $600 (plus airfare)
- Stuart, Florida: $200 (plus transport/airfare)
- Washington, DC: $200 (plus transportation)
- Camden, NJ: $375 (plus transportation)
For students who wish to deepen their learning, a credit option is available. Through individual inquiry and critical reflection papers, students engage in a closer examination of the implications of their service and the social issues addressed through the trip.
Alternative Break Coordinator